Titans’ Anna Diop Calls Out Fan Racism & Rudeness After Pictures Surface

Some candid photos of Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Raven (Teagan Croft), and Starfire (Anna Diop) “in costume” for Titans between takes of filming have leaked ahead of an official photo release…. no, you will not be seeing the pictures here, but to be fair, they were… not flattering.

In the last day, including on our TitansTV Facebook page, we’ve been getting some particularly rude comments, with some even taking it to a racist level. (One user that we called out even used the most offensive of those words.)

Sadly, some of that hate has also been projected toward the cast of the Titans show for the DC streaming service, and that actress Anna Diop addressed on her Instagram page (found here).

Here’s what she said.

To the ‘Titans’ fans:

Yesterday a photo of me on set leaked online. And it was unfortunate because fans have been waiting MONTHS for a photo of ‘Starfire’ and a sloppy (😐) photo of me on a curb in 15 degree weather is what they got instead 😂 For the sake of our incredible fans – I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all.

With that said – the hate speech that followed was deplorable. And though I am highly unbothered 💅🏿 I do want to use this as an opportunity to say that tearing people down is not something that I tolerate. For myself or anyone else. Too often social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misused as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others. This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser.

Racist, derogatory, and/or cruel comments have nothing to do with the person on the receiving end of that abuse. And because I know this – I’m unfazed 🙂 But for anyone out there who may not – I am here to remind you that whatever ugly and negative thing anyone ever chooses to say about you is always a reflection and revelation of themselves- it does NOT define you, and it certainly does NOT make you any less perfect than you are – Be you! Stay beautiful! Live breezy 🙂 As always,

Much love 💕

In over 20 years of covering comic book television, we have never experienced this kind of commentary, so: Cut it out. We agree, the costumes as they looked unofficially looked pretty bad. We here at TitansTV have nothing to do with it, though. And hopefully we’ll get some better pictures for a nicer idea of what we can expect. After all, Robin, Hawk and Dove looked so good….

Our thanks to Anna Diop for speaking out, though we apologize profusely for the childishness and racism of certain fans.

Now, DC/WB? Some official photos please?

2 thoughts on “Titans’ Anna Diop Calls Out Fan Racism & Rudeness After Pictures Surface”

  1. I don’t have issue with you not being orange with green eyes like starfire..what i beleive the issue is the costume designer cocepts are garbage.. beast boy did not look even close and raven was so far off might as well just put her in a hoody and converse..if its gonna be an “new ” spin on old characters, then that’s fine..we just do not want the costumes looking like a college student indi film budget.. if this is the look of the characters, you won’t even get a chance to prove your acting skills because it will get canceled due to lack of viewers

  2. Racism?
    No, dont even try pulling that card. Even if the character’s design is supposed to look like Red Sonya.

    Rudeness?
    maybe. Sure will be after this crap.

    It has more to do that the when the make up and costume design isnt GOD AWFUL, the casting is just bizzarre, considering that she’s not even a teen or in her young 20s. She just about 30, looks 30, and the entire look looked both lazy and confusing.

    The fan art of her being oranged up slightly with straighten hair looking LIKE STAR fire was what many fans expected.

    So when that isnt what we get, we start piecing together everything else about the show and realize that the creators arent respecting the source material.

    Also calling it “racism” because we question a black actress being casted but ignoring all the times people complain about white people taking roles for other races, or ignoring when we didnt care about Will Smith being deadshot (because will smith is a badass with charisma) is just exposing the mindset of disrespect to the fans and source material i mentioned earlier.

    Doesnt help that Hollywood and tv is notorious for not casting real red heads in famous red head roles.

    And comic fans have every right to be worried and suspect about these types of moves considering what has happened to the comic book industry lately.

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